Cincinnati among five start-up cities for asthma alerts
Cincinnati and surrounding Hamilton County are one of five urban areas working with the federal government on a new instant-alert system for people with asthma. People who register for the program called "Enviro-Flash" will get air quality updates by e-mail, pager or cell phones. Subscribers can choose general air quality forecasts or to get only alerts when ground-level ozone is at high levels. The other metropolitan regions are surrounding Detroit; Oklahoma City; Nashville, Tennessee; and Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem in North Carolina. Asthma rates have been increasing nationwide. Attacks can be triggered by soot and other air pollutants. The alerts let people plan their day so they can be indoors when high smog levels are expected.
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